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The national American Civil Liberties Union was founded in 1920 by a group of men and women working to protect the rights of conscientious objectors. Today the ACLU helps citizens by investigating, evaluating, and if necessary, litigating claims that their civil liberties have been infringed... [ ACLU ]


Federal judge rules New Mexico city hall must remove Ten Commandments monument
August 10, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled Thursday that a New Mexico city must remove a Ten Commandments monument placed outside of Bloomfield city hall. The lawsuit was initially filed in 2012 against the city of Bloomfield by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) o....... [more]

US government sued for failing to appoint counsel to children facing deportation
July 10, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union, the American Immigration Council and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, in conjunction with Public Counsel and K&L Gates LLP filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on behalf of eight undocumented immigra....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down Indiana same-sex marriage ban
June 25, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Wednesday struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional. Three lawsuits, including one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of 15 people, all sought to challenge parts of Indiana C....... [more]

Colleges Should Not Fund Student Groups that Discriminate
June 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Joshua Block of the American Civil Liberties Union discusses whether colleges and universities should be forced to officially recognize and fund student groups who discriminate... Should colleges and universities be forced to officially recognize?and provide funding to....... [more]

ACLU report criticizes increased police militarization
June 25, 2014
Increasing militarization of police forces is putting citizens at risk rather than protecting them, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The report titled, "War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing," analyzed data from 800 SWA....... [more]

US rights groups report abuse of unaccompanied immigrant children
June 12, 2014
Unaccompanied immigrant children are facing abuse and mistreatment at the hands of US customs officials, according to a complaint filed Wednesday by a group of human rights organizations. The National Immigrant Justice Center, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, Americans for Immigrant Justice, Flor....... [more]

ACLU report cites violations in privately run Texas prisons
June 11, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Texas released a report Tuesday exposing the results of a multi-year investigation into conditions at five Criminal Alien Requirement (CAR) prisons in Texas. There are 13 CAR prisons in the US—privately run prisons that house only non-ci....... [more]

ACLU challenges Alabama same-sex marriage ban
June 10, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday that challenges Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of April Aaron-Brush and Ginger Aaron Brush, a same-sex couple who were legally married in Massachusetts in June 2012. The lawsuit specifically challenge....... [more]

Wisconsin same-sex marriage ban struck down
June 6, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on Friday struck down Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban. Article XIII, Section 13 of the Wisconsin Constitution, approved by voters in 2006, defines marriage as between one man and one woman and bars recognition of same-sex mar....... [more]

Federal appeals court overturns Missouri ban on flag desecration
May 31, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Friday that Missouri's ban on desecrating the American flag is unconstitutional. On October 20, 2009, Frank Snider was arrested for violating Missouri Revised Statute 578.095 by shredding an American flag and tossing the remnants in the street, a....... [more]

ACLU challenges Montana same-sex marriage ban
May 23, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana filed a complaint on Thursday reviving a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban that was dismissed in December 2012. In contrast to previous cases, this complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief specifically targets the 2004 state constitut....... [more]




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